We may try something a little bit different by buying trays which create cubes in various shapes, but there are a lot more ways to jazz up a simple block of ice. In fact, ice cubes and trays have the potential for a number of other uses – some of them practical and a number of them just plain fun.
Here are a few ideas on how best to turn your ice trays from mundane to fantastic, with just a couple additional ingredients.
Add edible flowers such as pansies or rose petals into your ice trays before adding water. These are a terrific way to add some style to drinks for functions, cocktail parties, romantic dinners or even tea parties with friends.
Add some food colouring or even edible glitter to your ice trays to get a much more eye-catching option – this option is excellent for weddings or glitzy parties in which you wish to make an impression.
Freeze individual portions of baby food for a fast and convenient way to warm and serve later. This saves plenty of time for busy parents!
As cut herbs do not last very long in the fridge, this is a good way to keep them clean until you use them.
Add flavoured yoghurt or fruit juice, or even bubbly or sweet wine to your ice cube trays, and as soon as they’re nearly set, add a toothpick. When they are completely frozen, you will have delicious miniature ice lollies.
Maintain your iced coffee perfectly chilled with frozen cubes of readymade coffee. Otherwise add milk and sugar to taste to get a milder version.
Make ice sculptures from the ice cubes by adding glitter, flowers, food colouring and other decorations prior to freezing. Once frozen, these blocks can be melded together with a bit of salted water, leading to fantastic creations made from ice.
Create an elegant, unusual ice cream dessert by adding your ice cream mix to individual ice trays instead of one big container. When the ice cream has set, you can build an edible ice cream sculpture that is sure to impress guests.
These can be added to beverages as whole cubes, or added into the blender together with yoghurt for a scrumptious frozen drink.
Freeze pre-made inventory in ice trays for a fast and convenient way to add flavour to soups and stews, without having to remake stock from scratch.
Did you know that your ice trays also have many different uses? These could be used for anything from button and bead storage to jewellery boxes, snack trays or even office odds and ends storage. With so many unique ways to use both ice cubes and trays, these items become far less mundane and far more useful than you might have assumed before.